Mossley Women twice came from behind to earn a very creditable draw against section leaders Middleton Colts Ladies at Seel Park on Sunday thanks to a Molly Callaghan double.
The experienced Middleton team had won all five of their previous games in group A while Mossley were without injured top scorer Kenzie Bentley.
The visitors opened the brighter and came close to opening the scoring early on, but, as the half wore on the Lily's came more into it. Middleton's long ball game was causing Mossley plenty of problems while the Colts Ladies struggled to defend against some intricate Mossley passing.
Middleton took the lead on 14 minutes when their number 10 burst free on Mossley's left and fired home from a narrow angle.
Mossley's reply was almost instant. The Lily's won a free kick some 22 yards out and up stepped Molly Callaghan to score directly from the set piece with the aid of a deflection off the defensive wall.
The second half opened like the first with Middleton on top and they retook the lead on 51 minutes through their number 6 who outpaced the Mossley defence before firing home.
Mossley as always were relentless in their persuit of a goal but Middleton defended well despite the Lily's midfield dominance.
The game appeared to be slipping away from Mossley but the Lily's finally got their reward with just three minutes left on the clock with a top quality goal. Woods, Fogarty and Reeves combined on the right wing before setting up Molly Callaghan who smashed the ball home off the underside of the bar from the edge of the box.
There were dangerous moments at both ends in stoppage time but no-one could find a winner with a draw probably being the fairest result in what was a thoroughly entertaining game.